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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia (connective tissue that creates the arch of the foot). It is the most common cause of localized heel pain in adults.

Symptoms: pain in the heel (especially during the initial steps of the day or after a period of sitting), swelling, paresthesia.

Cause: plantar fasciitis is strongly correlated to sedentary or athletic lifestyles, as well as obesity. It is most commonly caused by overuse; however, the exact root is unclear.

Treatment

Registered Massage Therapists may help:

  • Reduce tissue pain and tenderness
  • Decrease pain-related disability through regular exercises
  • Reduce localized pain through massage techniques used on surrounding muscles (i.e. calves)
  • Reduce swelling through hydrotherapy

Research

Plantar fasciitis and nonsurgical relief
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of plantar heel pain. Its characteristic features are pain or tenderness on the medial aspect of the calcaneus near the sole of the heel. Considering a complete differential diagnosis of plantar heel pain is important as a comprehensive history and physical examination is required for accurate diagnosis. Many nonsurgical treatment modalities have been used in managing the disorder, including massage. (Steven K, et al., J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2008 Jun; 16(6): 46-338.)
Massage therapy and patients with plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis affects approximately two million people in the US and is the most common cause of plantar heel pain. Fortunately, most cases are self-limited and
non-operative measures can relieve pain in 90% of patients within 10 months. Massage therapy can help to improve foot functionality and shorten the duration of symptoms. (Healey K. et al., Clin Podiatry Med Surg. 2004 Jun; 27(3):80-369.)